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USDA’s Top Science Position May Go To Non-Scientist

President Donald Trump may nominate a non-scientist to fill the Department of Agriculture’s top science job. Sam Clovis is a former economics professor and talk radio host in Iowa, and an adviser to the Trump campaign last year. He helped

NC Market Watch for May 16

At the 3 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Siler City and Turnersburg a total of 1,171 cattle and 42 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $2.00 higher; bulls were mostly steady to $4.00 lower.  Feeder

Central South Carolina Producers Behind in Planting

Central South Carolina farmers are behind in planting this spring due to torrential rains the latter part of April.  Calhoun County’s Charles Davis says not only did some fields drown around Elloree, but the excessive moisture kept producers out of

DOA Appointment May Draw Ire

President Donald Trump may nominate a non-scientist to fill the Department of Agriculture’s top science job. Sam Clovis is a former economics professor and talk radio host in Iowa, and an adviser to the Trump campaign last year. He helped

High (Prices) on the Hog

Hog futures jumped to a two-month high Tuesday as traders continued build a seasonal premium into the market. Futures traders are betting that rising pork prices, higher cash sales and large slaughter numbers are signs of strong demand ahead of

A Snapshot Of Current Farm Economy

Farm prices are most noticed, yet there are other indicators to consider when it comes to the current economic health of farmers and ranchers. Rod Bain reports with USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

Oil Hits Three-Week High

Cattle futures closed lower in a volatile Monday session, as traders bet high beef prices would scare consumers away. Live cattle futures for June delivery opened slightly higher before falling toward the lower limit of the daily trading band. June

10th Annual “Got To Be NC” Festival this Weekend

It’s time for the 10th annual Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler: 5-15 Troxler 1                     :10                    …”free.” There’s perennial favorites at this year’s festival: 5-15 Troxler 2                     :09                    …”out.” And

NC Cows Lower, Bulls Higher

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 979 cattle, 158 goats, and 42 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 4.00 lower; while bulls were steady to 5.00 higher. 

China Beef Market Worth Billions to U.S. Producers

The U.S. says China has agreed to reopen its market to U.S. beef by mid-July—a huge win for the U.S. beef industry and the broader feed industry. The size and importance of the development cannot be overstated–China’s population is massive,